Sports Director, Glisten International School, Mr. Nelson Balogun has said that children should be encouraged to learn at least a combative sport in order to defend themselves in case of any eventuality.
He gave this hint recently in Abuja during a Karate sports competition held in the school, adding that there are lots of challenges facing the children in the society, such as cases of bully, rape.
The school‘s sport director said the school was committed to sports and prepared to provide every facility to ensure that the children were well equipped in any sporting activity they choose.
Balogun however, said the school chose to train the children in Karate sports to equip them for self defence, stressing that the sport also helps to boost their mental capacity.
Speaking at the event, Karate Coach, Mr. Isa Hamza said part of the trainings the children received is the traditional street Karate which is a street combat. He identified the inability to make thechildren available during training as only challenge facing the growth of combat sport in the country, stressing “during the trainings, precaution was taken to avoid casualties.”
On his part, a JSS 11 student Jamil Dawaki said he loved the sports because he needed to defend himself from any attack.
Dawaki who is in the orange belt category said he was part of the competition and hoped to win.
Ogonna Obiefuna, Jss 1 said she decided to get involved in Karate sports because she would soon become a boarding student and do not want to be bullied by anybody.
Meanwhile, Glisten International Academy emerged as overall winner of the championship with seven gold medals followed by Black Master Karate Club with three gold medals and G.H.SHIORYU Karate Club came third with just one gold medal and three silver medals. Budo Karate Club won one gold medal and one silver medal.
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